Progressives to discuss early elections on Monday

BELGRADE -- B92 has learnt that the Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) Presidency will hold a meeting on Monday to discuss several issues.

(Beta, file)
(Beta, file)

One of the topics that will be discussed at the meeting could be early parliamentary elections, B92 has unofficially learnt.

However, B92’s sources say that the most important thing now is to get a date for the beginning of the EU accession negotiations and that further steps will depend on it.

The Progressives say that decisions will always be made in accordance with the interest of the people, not based on the party’s rating but that they will insist that probes and arrests for those involved in the cases of runaway drug kingpin Darko Šarić and Galenika pharmaceutical company begin as soon as possible.

Early parliamentary elections have been mentioned for quite some time. Deputy PM Rasim Ljajić said recently he was against the early elections but that he would not rule out a possibility that they would take place this year.

“If the calling of the elections will continue to be the main and every-day topic in the state, then it is better for Serbia to call them immediately. The worst thing is to speculate about the fall of the government and early vote the entire year instead of dealing with the economy and key topics for citizens,” Ljajić said.

On the other hand, Regional Development Minister Verica Kalanović said on Friday that the “talks about early elections are exaggerated”.